LUCA ROSSI

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BABEL SURFBOARDS.

32.

4 YEARS SHAPING.

I have never had an official mentor teaching me how to make surfboards. When I first decided to give it a crack I went knocking at the doors of the factories of some of the shapers in town, asking if they needed any kind of help. I thought maybe I could clean the factory, anything really, just to be able to have a look at a pro in the process.

 

I didn’t have much luck with that. The only guy that was kind enough to allow me to watch a board being shaped was Corey Graham. He probably doesn't even remember it, but I appreciated it very much! I didn't ask a single question, just watched. But some of the steps I am currently following when I shape a board are still based on my memory of watching Corey shaping that short board.

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LOCATION: TORQUAY.

ORIGINALLY FROM ITALY.

ASSYMETRICAL GURU.

I grew up in a town of 5000 people at the feet of the mountains of Northern Italy, between Milan and Venice. The sea, which is pretty much as flat as a lake, is three hours away from there. My parents always took us to the beach during summer holidays and my dad is a die-hard fisherman, so I have always felt somehow connected to the sea since young age.

 

I have been skateboarding and snowboarding for many years, but surfing was still pretty much a myth in Italy. I remember being obsessed with waves even before seeing a proper one breaking (which happened in my early twenties during a trip to Brazil). I remember being 13 years old and watching non-stop the only surf video I had and daydreaming about breaking waves. I suppose it was the wide-open spaces and freedom and adventure I imagined went with it.

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Every one of us surfs differently and interprets surfing in their own way. So whenever somebody orders a custom, the shaper has to translate in his/her head the image that the person has in his/her head. This is a really hard thing to do. Personally I feel like it’s quite a responsibility. But if you start working with a shaper eventually they will know what you have been riding and what could work for you or not. So pick a craftsman that you believe is on your same wavelength, invest in them, ask them a shit load of questions and you’ll have good chances to find your perfect ride.
— LUCA ROSSI
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